Go The Rodeo are causing quite a stir in the short time they’ve been around. The Johannesburg-based electro-rock band have just released their new single 'Set Fire' along with a video for the track.
'Set Fire' was written in April, a month which has held particular bad memories for vocalist Corné. In the song, the month of April is symbolised by a certain side of the moon, and the topics of death, love and frustration from the theme.
The video is a mashup of old public domain clips containing moon travel, fire, protest, and educational propaganda.
From the western outskirts of Johannesburg and consisting of Robert Mitchley (bass guitar, backing vocals, keyboard), Corne van Niekerk (vocals, guitar) and Craig Atkinson (drums).
Their sound is a blend of indie rock, pop, and blues influences, inspired by the likes of The Kills, Twenty One Pilots, The Neighbourhood, The XX, Alt-J, and Chet Faker.
The duo was formed in 2014 and was joined by former members Wikus van Rensburg and Tiaan Maartens in 2015. After performing various shows during 2015 and 2016 and releasing singles 'Devil Under The Sheets', 'Top Heavy' and 'Ghosts', the band was stripped back down to the original duo, Corné and Robert.
After a short hiatus, the duo came back with a fresh sound, now joined by Craig Atkinson, drummer for the electronic/post hardcore band, Bombs and Issues.